European Association for Jewish Culture 

 

 

2006 Grant Awards 
(artist, title, medium, venue)

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Performing Arts: new works for the stage

 

David Grinberg (Spain, Barcelona), Los Mesias (The Messiah), Estudis de Teatre, Barcelona, Spain

The play deals with Jewish history in the 20th century by introducing Biblical characters into the key events of that century in Poland, Russia and Spain.

 

Pawel Passini, Karolina Szykierska (Warsaw/Wroclaw, Poland), Baggage of Franz K, Teatr Polski, Wroclaw, Poland

Experimental adaptation of Remigiusz Grzela’s book exploring Kafka’s fascination with Yiddish theatre and its influence on his work.

 

Stefan Sablic and Boris Cakshiran (Belgrade, Serbia), The Blonde Jewish Girl, Jewish Center for Culture and Art, Belgrade, Serbia.

This new adaptation of a play by Isaac Samokovlija deals with questions of prejudice and preconceptions.

 

Isabelle Starkier (Paris, France), Le Bal de Kafka, Festival Fontenay en scène à Fpontenay sous bois, France.  

In the tradition of Yiddish Theatre, the play adapts the text of Timothy Daly and shows an extravagant universe alternating dream and reality.

 

Leah Thorn (London, UK), See, Safe, In Tandem Theatre Company, London, on tour inc Jewish Museum in Prague.

An exploration of multiple layers of contemporary Jewish identity through a narrative of poetry and story-telling, in collaboration with the musician Yanif Fridel, electronic artist Moshikop and director Jessica Higgs.

 

Michelene Wandor (London, UK), The Music of the Prophets, St Olav’s Church, London, London Jewish Cultural Centre.

With her words and music group, Siena Ensemble, Wandor celebrates the return of the Jews to England in the 17th Century.

 

Andrea Wesfreid (Paris, France),  Méditations judéo-physiques, Théâtre Le Regard du Cygne, Paris and Festival Greg, Barcelona.

Contemporary dance solo working on memory and Jewish identity through the book of Zakhor and the music of Prokofiev’s Ouverture on Hebrew Themes.



Performing Arts: music composition

 

Alexander Balanescu (London, UK), Second Breath, The Place (dance theatre), London; Imperial War Museum, Duxford and London and on tour in Romania.

Mixed media installation/performance based on the personal experience of the sculptor Maurice Blik as a child of the Holocaust.

 

 Alon Burshtein (Florence, Italy), Images, Filarmonica G. Rossini, Florence.

Public performance and live CD recording inspired by the Children of Israel’s exile and  Diaspora experience in  medieval Spain, the Italian Renaissance and shtetl life in Lithuania and Poland. This grant was sponsored by the Nordev Trust.

 

Ferenc Javori (Budapest, Hungary), The Wedding Dance, Budapest Operetta Theatre.

Klezmer musical composed for a six-piece orchestra depicting a marriage in a little village in Transylvania.

 

 Meir Malkov (Vienna, Austria), Sefardic Fantasy, Jehuda Halevi Zentrum für Kunst und Kultur, Vienna.   

The composer will combine elements of multiple components inspired by Sephardic Jewish music: from chazanut to folk chants of different traditions (Georgian, Bukharan, Italian, Balkan and Moroccan).

 

 Richard Schmoucler, Sirba Octet (Paris, France), Yiddishland, production of a CD Ide prod, Label Naïve.  

 Compositions based on Roma and Yiddish traditions to be performed by classical musicians of Paris Opera.



Visual Arts: exhibitions of new work

 

Monika Blok, Hadas Itzkovitch (Amsterdam, The Netherlands), Remains of Hair, Kuntur Fine Art Gallery, Amsterdam

A four channel video-sound installation, telling the stories of four Jewish women, named after the Biblical matriachs.

 

Gabriel Heimler (Berlin, Allemagne), The Cycle of Genesis, Galerie Saphir, Paris, France     

Twenty-four acrylic paintings on themes from the Torah interpreted by the artist through the prism of  contemporary issues.

 

Michail Molochnikov (Berlin, Germany), 22, Gad Gallery, Berlin, Germany     

Combining silk-screen printing and drawing, these works on the Hebrew alphabet will be accompanied by a text                                                            which explains the mystical values of each letter.

 

Zvonimir Palanski (Nis, Serbia), Menorah, the Light of the Truth, Gallery of Contemporary Fine Arts, Nis 

 Sixty contemporary iron sculptures exploring the symbol of Menorah.

 

Abraham Pincas (Paris, France), Coats of Light, Coats of Ski n, Musée Galliera, Paris and Espace Culturel Bulgare   

Ten felt mantles combining felt and silk, which represent ancestral knowledge, and light which represents the spirit of innovation.

 

Judy Price (London, UK), Blind Spot, London Jewish Cultural Centre      

Installation using lens-based media, photography, video and sound and archive footage to explore questions of memory,

identity, loss and un-belonging.

 

Adam Vackar (Prague, Czech Republic) Open Source, Synagogue Na Palmovce, Prague,                                                                               Contemporary Art Festival Prague, May-June 2006                  

Art installation in a former synagogue building badly damaged during the Communist regime.


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